Turning fear-mongering into comedy may provide some ratings for NBC (which cannot even match the ratings of the Talking Dead, let alone the Walking Dead), but it did provide some truth. The federal government limps from one crisis to the next with one common feature: impotence. No solutions are provided. No budgets are adopted (or even introduced). There is no accountability for their actions.
So the people in charge can raise their salaries and benefits, not do any work, degrade the country through fear mongering and incompetence, make regular people into criminals, ignore the rule of law and have no consequences? Sounds like tyranny to me.